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11th November 2016
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Named after the Spanish city province of Barcelona, the Terrassa features a synonymous rimless design taking many of its design cues from the Barcelona bath, one of the company's most popular designs found in hotels worldwide.
The contours of the bath are highlighted by smart, sculpted 'swage' details on the inside, creating unique shadows to emphasise the Terrassa's distinctive shape.
One of the latest products to be launched is the contemporary styled Esteem monobloc.
The Cristallo features upright paddle levers and the popular U-shaped spout. The spout sits flush with its striking cylindrical body to give it a distinctively angular, yet streamlined, design.
If you’ve been reading this column since John Austen & I took over the reins from our friends Richard and Debbie Schwarz, you’ll already be aware that I’m a big advocate of industry associations – not only from a consumer’s point of view but also for anyone in the trade; be they fitters, craftspeople, suppliers/retailers or the manufacturers themselves.
As a consumer, you’ll know that (generally) your service provider or supplier will have had to meet specific and often strict criteria to be able to join the trade body in the first place and that with some associations, members will have had to virtually jump through hoops for access to that all important membership card.
If anything goes wrong with your job or your new furniture or equipment, you’ll know that you’re not on your own and will be able to contact the relevant trade body for advice or conciliation – and in some cases, some real help.
And as someone in the trade, your membership means that you’ll attract custom you might otherwise not have enjoyed, from people who’ll only do business with a member of a reputable organisation. And if the worst comes to the worst, you’ll be able to call on the association for support over issues you may face with regard to your customers.
What better way to illustrate some aspects of what I’m saying than with the statement issued this week by The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, pledging support for members who may be worried about their livelihoods as a result of Betta Living having to call in the administrators this week (see below for more information).
What makes it even better is that this support is being offered to non-members too…
There are a lot of ‘one man bands’ working in this industry, who have families to feed and mortgages and bills to pay. The comfort provided by such an offer must be invaluable under the circumstances, so well done BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters and the team for offering to get involved.
I understand that Betta Living’s administrators are already talking to people who may be willing to invest in the company, so let’s hope we can bring you some better news on that in next week’s issue.
This Week's News
Dean House, trading as Betta Living - the Oldham, Lancs-based kitchen and bedroom specialist retailer, announced on Tuesday that is to temporarily cease trading.
Administrators in the form of FRP Advisory have been appointed and are currently reviewing the company's financial position, whilst marketing the business and assets for sale. They say they "will consider any offers received" and that they are "currently in discussions with a number of parties and are hopeful of securing a deal that sees the existing order book fulfilled".
Steel Cucine is a premium Italian appliance manufacturer with a long family heritage. In 1922, in Carpi, near Bologna, Angelo Po's craftsmanship in stainless steel helped produce the first hand-made stoves and later, the production of high quality, commercial, appliances for restaurants.
The plumbers merchant market was worth an estimated £4bn in 2015, having recovered strongly in recent years. The market value declined during 2011/12, reaching a low point in 2012.
In the wake of the perceived Brexit fallout where companies have used the upcoming EU exit as an excuse to raise their prices, innovative lighting distributor TLW | The Lightworks has taken a different and significant approach by reducing prices for a number of its core products for at least the next six months.
Up to 20% has been slashed off the company's popular LED cabinet lighting and associated kits, while TLW's popular LED tape and 12v drivers have also seen their prices cut by around 15% to help retailers keep their prices down in the aftermath of June's shock EU vote.
The 196-page brochure guides the consumer on their journey from initial browsing, through to a step-by-step guide and checklist to their dream bathroom. At the same time, it reinforces and promotes the specialist knowledge and experience that the independent retailer offers.
Bath-based Roper Rhodes has invested £10m in a new national distribution centre, following a number of years of double-digit growth across all the company's brands - Roper Rhodes, Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection, R2, Tavistock and Trade.
In the last four years the family-owned business has grown by 50%, resulting in the requirement for more space to help accommodate this - as well as future, growth.
Shower enclosure specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, has opened a new 70,000sq.ft warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to expand and spread capacity from the existing 100,000sq.ft facility at its headquarters in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
This distribution hub will house around £1million-worth of stock, including all PureVueHD products in the Coastline and Classic Collection, to mirror the comprehensive HQ stockholding.
Gary joins F & P with nearly 10 years' experience in the trade sector and over 10 years in the retail sector, having previously worked as a buying manager for Homebase and as a bathrooms category manager in the plumbing industry.
Doncaster based Tembé DIY and Building Products raises £11,000 for Children with Cancer, with the money going towards research into finding cures and providing care for children with cancer. For every promotional pack of Hippo Heavy Duty Trade Wipes sold, Tembé DIY and Building Products raises £11,000 for Children with Cancer UK donated 50p to Children with Cancer.
Guy Malam, managing director of Tembé DIY & Building Products, Kevin Heath, sales director, Neil Herd, Andrew Baker, (marketing directors) and Victoria Nicholson attended a cheque presentation at Children with Cancer UK's head office in Great Ormond Street, London last week with Francesca Borrelli from Children with Cancer UK.
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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers announced yesterday that it had been granted permission, by The Secretary of State, to change its name with immediate effect. The organisation is now to be known as The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation.
The capital city's largest self-build event, The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, (23-25 September, ExCeL, London) experienced a 11% year-on-year increase in visitors and those questioned stated that they were prepared to spend up to £123,000 on their property plans despite the prediction that Brexit would cause uncertainty and slow down the market - a 2% increase in spend from 2015.